Author: GrandBazaarJewelers.com

Maureen Gumus is a writer, editor, jewelry enthusiast, and world traveler. Originally from the U.S., Maureen is proud to call Istanbul her home - one that she shares with her master jeweler husband, Nurhan, and their cat, Mink.

  For a thousand years, the Hagia Sophia , now a museum located in GrandBazaarJewelers.com’s neighborhood, was the largest church in the world and considered a masterpiece of architecture still today.    The Hagia Sophia is an indispensable landmark and  part of Istanbul’s iconic skyline, but there are many more that are hidden behind various walls and down small side streets throughout the old historical neighborhoods of the…

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Avni, like Nurhan, was also born in Istanbul, albeit to a Turkish family.  Avni’s parents’ focus on education was high and they were amused by their young son taking apart all the machines in their house to try to figure out how they worked.  Life in Turkey was not easy for most Turkish families in the early 1980s, but Avni’s parents enrolled him in great schools…

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  GrandBazaarJewelers.com specializes in custom orders. From time to time, we like to showcase some special custom orders and, really, what is more special than a wedding or anniversary? Today’s story is from London, Ontario. Manal, a Lebanese Canadian, contacted us in a panic. They had trusted a jeweler in Canada to make a bespoke engagement ring. If you know anything about Lebanese weddings, you…

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From Coco Chanel to Jackie Onassis, Audrey Hepburn to Princess Diana, Cara Delevingne to Olivia Palermo – pearls are timeless, yet on trend.  Whether layering necklaces or bracelets or wearing just one statement piece, GrandBazaarJewelers.com is your source for this MUST of an accessory. History In the Grand Bazaar, here in Istanbul you can find pearls not only in jewelry, but also in such things…

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You can say Nurhan was destined for the jewelry business from birth.  Nurhan’s Great-Grandfather on his father’s side, Nishan Terdzakian, owned a jewelry store in the most prestigious quarter of the Grand Bazaar called Iç Bedestan.  Due to political events that targeted minority populations in what was the Ottoman Empire, it is difficult to know prior to Nishan’s time what exact trades the family were…

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As we have mentioned in previous posts, visitors to Turkey will often see the evil eye everywhere – usually blue glass with an eye painted on it – to protect against evil.  However, this is not the only symbol one will repeatedly see in Turkey.  The Hamsa is another popular symbol.  In its simplest form, The hamsa (Arabic: خمسة khamsah, also romanized khamsa, meaning “five”)…

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The story of Hurrem Sultan or Roxelana is one which still captures the imagination of millions of people around the world today.  How could it not? Born around 1500 in what is now western Ukraine, her father a Ukrainian Orthodox priest, Hurrem was captured by Crimean Tatars in the 1520s.  She was sent with other slaves to Istanbul, having been selected for the Sultan’s Harem….

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A visitor to Turkey will notice the evil eye all around the country and in many forms.   At the entrances to all businesses and homes, on car mirrors, pinned to the backs of clothes on babies and small children, on bracelets, necklaces, key chains, scarves, and even on handbags.  Turkish evil eyes are therefore a popular choice when buying souvenirs.  However, not many people…

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We know from the Ottoman court records of 1526 that 90 jewelry artisans were employed by the Sultan and important women of the Harem.  The art extended, not only to every form of wearable jewelry, but also to every day objects like tableware and even weapons.          During Ottoman times, jewelry was produced within the actual palace compound or in workshops elsewhere…

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We Stand Behind These 6 Advantages Our Unique Heritage – A Craft of Over 5,000 Years Jewelry making in the land which makes up today’s Turkey has been passed on from the Hittites to the Urartians, Greeks, Romans, Armenians, and Ottomans since 3000 B.C.  We have taken this valuable past and have combined it with the latest technology, outstanding craftsmanship, and competitive prices.  We are…

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